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Research Programme of Anthropology

Research and impact

The Anthropology Research Program seeks to develop insight into how the dialectic between empirical research and theoretical reflection can be retooled into new forms of fieldwork-based research that can provide new knowledge on topics which we thought we already understood, topics that range from climate change, cultural epidemiology, poverty, migrationhuman-nonhuman relations, museology, music, post-disaster recovery, ethics, heritage studies, food and public health to creativity in business or the revival of religion in the 21st century.

Our program is one of the largest concentrations of socio-cultural anthropologists in the world. It comprises around twenty-four Professors and Associate Professors, eight Assistant Professors and Postdoctoral Fellows, and on average forty-five PhD students. Our members regularly publish in the very best international journals and university presses such as JRAI, Ethnos, and the University of Chicago Press. We obtain large-externally funded grants from Independent Research Fund Denmark, the Carlsberg Foundation, and the Velux Foundation. And perhaps most importantly, members of the Research Program in Anthropology apply their research results to pressing public problems such as climate change, post-disaster recovery, migration, and public health crises, such as Covid-19.


Recent publications

Researchers from AU are emphasized:

Dalsgård, Anne Line (2021). “Reading Times: Temporalities and time work in current everyday reading practices”. Poetics Today (2021) 42 (2), 207–227. https://doi.org/10.1215/03335372-8883220

Mette-Louise E. Johansen, Anna Bræmer Warburg & Maya Mynster Christensen (2021). “Frictional Security Governance: Policing the Crime-Terror Nexus in Denmark”. Perspectives on Terrorism, 15(4), 111-124. https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/binaries/content/assets/customsites/perspectives-on-terrorism/2021/issue-4/johansen-et-al.pdf

Gade, C. (2021). Ofte virker møder mellem ofre og gerningspersoner bedre end fængsel – lad os bruge møderne som straf. Berlingske, 19.10.2021. https://www.berlingske.dk/kronikker/ofte-virker-moeder-mellem-ofre-og-gerningspersoner-bedre-end-faengsel

Gade, C. (2021). Promoting restorative justice as de jure punishment: a vision for a different future. The International Journal of Restorative Justice. Online first. https://www.elevenjournals.com/tijdschrift/TIJRJ/2021/Online%20First/TIJRJ-D-21-00024

Gade, C. (2021). Impact assessment of the International Criminal Court’s Access to Justice Project in Uganda: Final report. Aarhus: Aarhus University.https://pure.au.dk/portal/files/224542606/Access_to_Justice_Final_report.pdf

News and events

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Research Programme Director

Marie Louise Tørring

Associate professor, research programme director